Cat scratching indoors

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Scratching is a normal, instinctive cat behaviour; however, certain types of scratching are linked to stress and may be a sign that your cat isn't happy.

Cats often scratch items to maintain and sharpen their claws or mark their territory. The scent left behind from the pads of their feet, along with the visual marks from scratching, act as a territorial message to other cats.

Scratching is a normal behaviour for cats, but sometimes scratching can be a sign of feline stress.

How can I tell if my cat's scratching is stress related?

Your cat's scratching may be stress related if:

  • Scratching sites are widespread (on furniture, sofas, chairs, etc)
  • You live in a multi-cat household or area with a large cat population
  • Your cat's environment has recently changed (new homerenovations, new or rearranged furniture)
  • Scratching is occuring near windows or doors

Use this short survey to assess your cat's well-being.

TIPS TO HELP STOP UNWANTED CAT SCRATCHING

1.

Clean the scratched area(s) with water or rubbing alcohol.

2.

Once dry, apply 8 pumps of Feliway Spray to each scratched area.

3.

Reapply spray daily for at least 1 month.

4.

For additional support, plug in a Feliway Diffuser to help reinforce your cat’s feeling of security.

5.

Provide an alternate scratching post, ideally near where your cat sleeps, to help redirect the scratching behaviour. Do not spray the scratching post.

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